Journal Article: Do Americans really like children?


At Risk Populations, Family Relations, Primary Mental Health, Prevention, Social Issues


Goetting, Ann


1994, Fal


Argues that the US as a nation does not really like children, an argument supported by the substantial numbers of children who experience an array of preventable burdens. Statistics are offered on such topics as the high rate of infant mortality, low rankings in academic achievement, and the high rate of poverty among children. The gap between achievers and nonachievers continues to expand, producing a large number of children at high risk for never becoming productive members of society. A substantial part of this problem is that families are in trouble. Ways of reversing these trends are reviewed, including a range of government programs focusing on prevention. It is concluded that investing in children through prevention programs saves both money and children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA )


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